The main advances in 3D printing, on display at the 4th INDUSTRY fair

Components of the next spacecraft to land on the Moon, parts of Formula 1 racing cars, aircraft engine components and applications in the medical and retail fields. 3D printing has more and more uses and the most significant current technological developments will be on show at the forthcoming edition of INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions. The advanced manufacturing fair, held by Fira de Barcelona from 29 to 31 October at the Gran Via venue, will feature around twenty 3D printing specialists, an exhibition area and a space with examples of additive manufacturing.

INDUSTRY From Needs to Solutions continues its mission to provide the entire industry with all the benefits of additive manufacturing. It will do so by means of the IN(3D)TALKS programme, during which fifteen sessions will be conducted on five topics: the automotive sector, aeronautics, industry, health and retail and consumer goods.

At the panel discussion on aeronautics, Manuel Aliprandi, materials and processes engineer at Ruag Aerospace, will unveil the details of the first 3D-printed part that will travel to the Moon in the near future. The part in question is the landing gear of the private SpaceIL mission, scheduled for 18 February next year. Aliprandi will share the table with Paolo Calza, design and technology director at Avio Aero, a part of General Electric that specialises in the manufacture of aircraft engine components by means of additive technology.

In the session on the automotive sector, Christoph Hansen, Head of Technical Development for the Sauber team, now part of Alfa Romeo Racing, will provide details of additive manufacturing’s arrival in the world of Formula 1. David Magnuson, head of the additive manufacturing division at Volvo Trucks, will share the benefits of 3D prototyping, while Bernhard Langefeld, a partner of the Roland Berger consultancy firm and an additive manufacturing expert, will analyse where 3D is at right now.

The topic of health will be addressed on the basis of the testimonies of some of the main Catalan hospitals (Clínic, Sant Joan de Déu, Bellvitge, Parc Taulí, Althaia and Olot), which will share 3D printing methodologies, materials and applications in the medical field.

Other prominent speakers at IN(3D)TALKS will include Virgilio García, director of the global research programme run by ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel production company, which will participate in the industry round table. In addition, Simone Cesano, senior director of operations and design at Adidas, and Alberto Lovisetto, coordinator of the 3D project of the Moncler luxury brand, will discuss issues affecting the retail and consumer goods sector, represented once again by the Reshape competition.

Similarly, INDUSTRY will have an exhibition area with about thirty 3D companies and an innovation arena displaying parts manufactured with the above technology, demonstrating how additive manufacturing can now offer tangible solutions to the aeronautical and automotive sectors and many other industries.

Beyond additive manufacturing

In addition to 3D printing, the upcoming INDUSTRY fair will have six more exhibition areas: machine tools (odd years only), automation and robotics, moulds and dies, new materials, connectivity and data and design and services.
Knowledge will also be a distinctive element of the Fira de Barcelona fair, as it will include the holding of four events: the first MAX congress on advanced manufacturing, the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress on cybersecurity and Ayri11 on automation and robotics, as well as the talks within the framework of IN(3D)TALKS.

 

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